We have soooo many deep conversations over on Instagram—we talk about our successes, share when we are feeling down and celebrate the little victories like a batch of perfectly crisp kale chips or cracking the code to the most delicious meatballs. Hint, hint, I'm sharing that today. The autoimmune paleo community on Instagram has been such an amazing source of support for me on my healing journey. I want to give every single one of you beautiful souls a giant hug. Thank you for your kind words, for your unconditional love and for lifting me up with your solidarity. The solidarity makes this journey that much more exciting and enjoyable. I love my insta-family. Isn't it crazy how technology can unite us despite geographical barriers? Sometimes, technology just blows my mind. It gives me the shivers; it is so powerful. You might be sitting behind your screen like "...yeah, okay crazy." But really, who said digital friends are anything less than real friends?
Anyways, about those meatballs...how fabulous would it be if you could go to a holiday party and there were tons of healthy, clean, even dare I say AIP options available? That would be SOOO rad. Likely? Maybe not! With Thanksgiving a meer TWO days away and Christmas in exactly one month, I wanted to share a little tip I have picked up for attending holiday parties. HOLIDAYS can be hard; there is no doubt about it. Why not volunteer to bring a platter of food!? Not only will the hostess appreciate your generosity but you will also be able to bring food that you can eat. In my mind, the easiest and tastiest platter would have meatballs with cute little toothpicks for easy eating, peeled rainbow carrots, cuties (they're easy to peel!) and an assortment of different types of olives. DID I MENTION MEATBALLS WITH CUTE LITTLE TOOTHPICKS? Everyone loves finger food. A couple of weeks ago I guest blogged for the whole30recipes Instagram account; I shared one of my favorite recipes for meatballs and it was a huge hit. Everyone loved them. I love them. I've made two batches in the last, ugh, two days. I think you will love them too. They are the tastiest most succulent balls of meat so make these, stick toothpicks in them and then bring them to a party. That is all.
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 tsp smoked salt
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 cup red onion, minced
- 1/4 cup packed curly parsley, chopped
- Heat oven to 375 F and cover a baking sheet with a piece of unbleached parchment paper.
- Combine all ingredients and then form into small meatballs—I love using my stainless steel scoop for this task. Place meatballs on baking sheet with at least 1/2" between each meatball.
- Bake for 15-25 minutes. The cooking time will depend on the size of the meatballs. Check them around 15 minutes by cutting one in half to see if it has cooked through—if not, let them cook longer.